Aliya G. Allen

Aliya Allen is a Partner in the firm’s Financial Services, Private Client, Trusts and Estates Practice Groups. Aliya re-joined Graham Thompson in February 2016, following four years as CEO and Executive Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board.

Aliya’s practice is primarily focused in banking, investment funds, securities, securitisation and capital markets, technology, FinTech, blockchain and digital assets and regulatory matters such as FATCA, CRS, AML/CFT. She has played a leading role in the development and revision of industry defining legislation including the Investment Funds Act, 2019, the Investment Condominium (ICON) Act and in crafting and promoting policy initiatives on FinTech, Blockchain and digital assets.

Recent engagements  include:

  • Advising a global investment manager on the impact of economic substance requirements on its operations.
  • Acting for a global bank in a large-scale independent AML/CFT compliance audit.
  • Acting for a global bank with AUM in excess of $300 million undertaking a significant regulatory and compliance audit for the purposes of a global compliance project.
  • Acting for a syndicate of lenders in a $100 million facility to a utility company taking security over assets and revenue streams.
  • Acting for a major global bank as lead arranger in a billion-dollar facility to a company with global oil and gas assets taking security over local assets.
  • Acting for one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges by daily trading volume in the world in connection with the issuance of a stable coin backed by fiat currency including regulatory interaction and fiduciary structuring.
  • Advising one of the largest technology investment companies in the world valued at over 100 billion in connection with Bahamas cross border securities issues.
  • Advising a banking conglomerate in connection with the issuance via its Bahamas holding company of over 100 million in debt securities.
  • Structuring a crypto-focused investment fund for a significant asset manager.
  • Advising one of the major operating companies of one of the largest shipping and logistics companies in the world on the Bahamas’ economic substance requirements.

Practice Areas

Education

  • LL.B (Hons) University of Buckingham, UK
  • Bar Vocational Course, Manchester University, UK

Admissions

  • Bar of England and Wales
  • The Bahamas Bar

Awards

  • Recognized by IFLR 1000 – Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms –  as a 2020 “Notable Practitioner”.
  • Citywealth IFC Power Women Top 200, 2016, for outstanding contributions to the financial services industry.

Publications

Membership

  • The Bahamas Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Firm Description

GrahamThompson (GT) prides itself on its unique combination of expert legal skills and real-world experience in working out effective solutions to complex problems.  With 70 years of continuous history and a first-rate balance between seasoned practitioners and dynamic young lawyers, GT is excellence-driven in every way. 

Producing and sustaining clientele drawn locally and from across five continents is the focal point of the Firm’s efforts. Integrity, hard work, understanding the “bigger picture” that frames the specific legal needs of clients, creativity, rigorous ethical restraint in the charging of fees, and uncompromising loyalty to the client, are key ingredients of the GT ethos. 

The Firm, well known as the largest commercial law firm in the Bahamas, has successfully expanded from its main downtown Nassau location in recent years to better serve its broad range of corporate and private clients. In 2000, the Freeport, Grand Bahama office was opened, followed by the launching of licensed affiliate GTC Corporate Services in 2001, and the Lyford Cay, New Providence office in 2011.  In December 2012, GT expanded to Providenciales, in The Turks and Caicos Islands, where it already enjoys a reputation as one of the leading firms for civil and commercial litigation, and more recently, for transactional real estate matters.

The Firm has an enviable reputation both domestically and globally in a variety of important legal disciplines. Our attorneys are sought after by leaders in the real property, resort development, banking and capital markets, and Domestic tax and Regulatory sectors. We are highly regarded for our expertise in trust and estate planning, commercial matters, civil litigation, family law, securitization, employment and immigration matters.

The Firm is consistently ranked a tier one law firm by the leading international ratings publications, including CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS, IFLR 1000, and CITY WEALTH LEADERS LIST, among others.

Unique among law firms, GT has all through the years made notable contributions to high public service. GT’s former Partners have played critical roles in the Bahamas’ judiciary including three of the nation’s past Attorneys-General, the former Chief Justice, several Justices of the Bahamas Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal, and the Chairman of the Judicial Review Commission. Other Partners have served the Bahamas government as Senators, a Minister of Labour & Housing, a Gaming Board Chairman, a Water & Sewerage Corporation Chairman, a Broadcasting Corporation Chairman, and the Vice-Chair of the College of The Bahamas. Presently, our Partners serve as Chairman of the National Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Deputy Chair of the National Health Insurance Authority and as Directors of the Central Bank of The Bahamas and the National Insurance Board.  This record of service to successive governments and the judiciary is wholly without parallel in the history of the legal profession of the Bahamas.

 

Frederick R.M. Smith, QC

The aggrieved could not ask for a better friend, nor offenders a tougher opponent, than Frederick R.M. Smith, QC. Mr. Smith holds a singular place in Bahamian law, a legendary thinker and prolific human rights advocate whose articulate contributions help to shape the national conversation. He is as outspoken a proponent for the rule of law in for-profit commercial enterprise as he is a staunch defender of human, environmental and animal rights.

Examples of his versatility abound. While Mr. Smith has a broad experience in transactional matters under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, his fame lies in the application of law to environmental and human rights. He fights with equal ardor for the migrant falsely imprisoned as for the utility earning guaranteed profits. As the director of legal affairs for the environmental advocacy group Save The Bays, he has filed actions against large developers for violating the law, showing disregard for the Bahamian environment, displacing cultures, mangroves, and wetlands with equal lack of respect and destroying the very marine and land resources that attracted them to The Bahamas. At the same time, Mr. Smith is the first to defend the honourable foreign investor who demonstrates regard which The Bahamas and its resources deserve.

His prowess as a litigator has catapulted him into the spotlight in controversial matters and his ability to pull together a team to put forth a winning argument in the face of steep challenges affirms his extraordinary skill in preparation and his speed of thought on his feet in the courtroom.

Frederick R.M. Smith, QC is the Senior Partner of Callenders and the Managing Partner of the Freeport, Chambers.  He has an active civil trial and appellate litigation practice in Human Rights, Environmental, Constitutional, Regulatory and Commercial matters. Mr. Smith also specializes in transactional matters in Freeport under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

Areas of Practice:

  • Human Rights & Constitutional Law
  • Immigration
  • Environment
  • Appellate Law (including Privy Council)
  • Transactional Law (in Freeport under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement)
  • Commercial & Civil Litigation
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Judicial Review
  • Costs & Recoveries

Education:

He was born in Haiti where he had his primary education. His secondary education was in Nassau and at boarding school in Giggleswick in the North of England. He graduated from The College of Law in London, England and was called to The Bars of England & Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) and The Bahamas in 1977.

Firm Description

Since 1903, the law firm of Callenders & Co. has stood at the forefront of major constitutional cases and significant commercial, resort, telecommunications, shipping, aviation and property matters. Its reputation in insolvency and civil litigation cases involving human rights is international.

Though the practice of law has evolved in the more than 100 years since Callenders opened its doors, the firm’s commitment to excellence through personal attention to clients has remained constant and unwavering.

Proudly serving our second century of clients with the same

personal attention upon which our firm was founded in 1903.

No two cases are alike. No two clients have the same needs. For more than a century, one constant has set Callenders apart – immediate personal attention.

 

Emanuel M. Alexiou

Emanuel M. Alexiou is the founding partner of the firm. His primary area of practice is commercial transactional work and private client matters. Mr. Alexiou’s expertise is in banking, trusts, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Alexiou also has significant experience in liquidations and insolvency practice. Mr. Alexiou completed his legal studies at the College of Law, and Lincoln’s Inn in London in 1973. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1968 from Case Western University, Ohio, and a graduate degree from the University of Toronto.

He was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Bar of England and Wales in 1973, and the Turks and Caicos Bar in 1974. In addition to maintaining his legal practice Mr. Alexiou is a prolific local businessman, and has been honoured as part of “The Bahamian Project” at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Firm Description

Alexiou, Knowles & Co. places great emphasis on maintaining the highest professional standards and offering skilled and efficient business and legal services, specialization in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, business, banking, corporate, insurance, labour, securities, maritime, trusts and related support services.

The firm has seven partners and three associates and roughly 35 support personnel comprising competent secretarial, paralegal, accounting and clerical back-up staff. The firm has offices in Nassau and Abaco. Contact information can be found under the Contact section of this website.

The firm is the Bahamas member of Global law®, which is an international non-exclusive network of legal firms based in countries worldwide. The firm is accordingly able to maintain autonomy, which is crucial working in offshore financial service sectors, yet able to obtain expedited and preferential access to information from all corners of the globe.

Alexiou, Knowles & Co. uses integrated client management software, including PCLaw and Worldox, to assist in supporting our clients. As a result, AKC attorneys have “real-time” access to all pertinent client information. AKC strives to provide the highest level of service and customer satisfaction for our clients.

 

A. Kenra Parris-Whittaker

A seasoned young litigator, Kenra believes that justice prevails. She also believes that justice is on her side–regardless of superficial facts, and even of prior governmental rulings. This gives rise to tremendous confidence—short of an actual guarantee.

The Nassau-born, Canadian-educated litigator attributes her success to thinking a few steps ahead of her opponent. She has a strong sense of moral values—and operates nimbly on surprisingly little sleep.

The daughter of Bahamas-real estate guru Arthur Parris, Kenra always knew she would be an attorney. She enrolled in law school (University of Buckingham, 2001, and later Inns of Court School of Law, 2004), then joined Callenders & Co., where she became a senior associate litigating commercial, probate and maritime cases

Now, as an admiralty, maritime, personal injury and commercial litigator, Kenra frequently represents crew members, vessel repair shops, shipyard owners, injured plaintiffs, and others wronged without recourse. She has obtained millions on her clients’ behalf—through judgment or settlement. She also represents clients who are seeking or defending a judicial review (in the Supreme Court) on governmental rulings such as a Port Authority license granted or denied. She has been uncannily successful in all these endeavors.

Kenra has a thriving probate practice as well. As an attorney for executors and executrices, she can often halve the waiting time for hearings, particularly for large estates.

Litigation Law Practice:

Litigation in the Bahamas can feel like a game. Win the game, and enforce your agreements, you collect your debts, and get your attorneys’ fees covered in the process. But to do so, you need a lawyer who is well versed in the rules, and has the willingness, talent, and wherewithal to strategize intelligently—and over-prepare.

That’s why you should bring the matter to us. We are in the courts on a weekly basis, and there’s nothing we love more than the rhythm, energy, and thrill of the fighting for our clients. We have experience with virtually all the rules of law, and excel in research, oral argument, and thinking on our feet. We’re so experienced that we can frequently offer beneficial billing arrangements driven by an informed estimate of the time and resources required to prevail.

In short, we love fighting for clients—and we love to win.

ParrisWhittaker:

ParrisWhittaker is a local law firm founded by two top lawyers: Arthur Parris, real estate/commercial expert, and Jacy Whittaker, a litigator with extraordinary energy and an outstanding track record. With the addition of partner Kenra Parris-Whittaker, the firm has a combined 60 years of experience, and brings a new level of energy and commitment to the Bahamian legal market.

Rodger Outten

Rodger Outten is the Founding Principal and IP Chair of OuttenIP’s Trade Mark Practice. Rodger serves as lead counsel in the firm’s Copyright, Trade Mark and Patent Litigation Practices she has knowledgeable experience in intellectual property matters and provides strategic counsel to both domestic and international clients. Rodger has expertise in the strategic implementation of intellectual property protections, brand management and enforcement procedures.

Rodger advises clients on a spectrum of intellectual property issues including strategic protection, transfer, commercialization and enforcement of intellectual property related rights.  She has significant transactional expertise including advising clients on acquisitions and mergers, negotiating intellectual property related contracts and advising on all aspects of franchising matters.  She also has formidable experience in the arenas of providing assurance and business advisory services to Fortune 500 Companies and her audit and risk management experience serves to fortify her astute disciplines in due diligence and structured financing ventures.

Bar Admissions:

  • The Bar of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
  • The Bar of England & Wales

Education:

  • B.A. (The College of Saint Benedict), St. Joseph, MN, USA.
  • LL.B (Hons.) (University of Buckingham), Buckingham, England.
  • College of Law, London, England, UK.

Memberships:

  • The Bahamas Bar Association
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Bahamas Branch (CIArb)
  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • The International Bar Association (IBA)
  • The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)

Professional and Community Development

  • Performs pro bono work for select artists and artisans.

Languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish (Intermediate)

Firm Description:

At OuttenIP Counsel & Attorneys-at-Law, we are our namesake, intellectual property law is not just an area of practice, it is our focal practice; and we are innovatively passionate about what we do. As a leading provider of intellectual property services in The Bahamas, we have counseled numerous international and local clientele on an array of intellectual property protections.

We are a boutique intellectual property law firm with sound expertise.  With an undeterred dedication to legal excellence and a strategic approach to advancing our clients’ goals; we have set the standard for intellectual property expertise and technical execution and we have become one of the top intellectual property law firms in the region.  Working with a diverse group of client structures ranging from individual inventors, to SME’s and ultimately conglomerates, our specialists provide guidance on the effective use of intellectual property rights and thereby furnish our clients’ inventions, brands and technologies with the best protections and strategies available.

We have defined ourselves by our clients’ success and positioned ourselves to expertly handle cutting edge issues effecting intellectual property right holders. We have diverse expertise in numerous aspects of intellectual property rights including, but not limited to, copyrights, domain names, industrial designs, patents and trade marks.  At OuttenIP, you’ll find customized intellectual property legal solutions tailored to your every creative endeavor.

 

Margaret Gonsalves-Sabola

Margaret Gonsalves-Sabola is a civil and commercial litigation attorney and an accredited civil and commercial mediator. Margaret has over 21 years’ experience in legal practice in the United Kingdom, Jamaica and The Bahamas.

Margaret has been involved in a wide range of civil and commercial matters including contractual disputes, personal injury claims, employment claims, pension litigation, shareholder disputes, professional liability claims, banking disputes, insurance litigation, liquidations and receiverships, trust claims, judicial review applications constitutional claims, competition law and licensing  matters. She has appeared in large commercial matters before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.  Margaret has advised individuals, international banking clients, insurance companies and local businesses including a local telecommunications provider. She is one of the founding members and the Chairman of the Bahamas Association of Mediators.

Education

– LL.B. (Hons),  University of Wolverhampton, 1993

– Barrister, Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, 1994

– LL.M. (Business Law),  University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1996

– LEC, Council of Legal Eductaion, Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica, 1996.

Bar Admissions

– England & Wales

– Jamaica

– Antigua & Barbuda

– The Bahamas

Other Certification

– Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator, London School of Mediation, 2012

– Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, 2012

Training Workshops

– Lex Mundi Institute, Cross-Border Transactions, Monterey, California, 2004

– ADR Workshop, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Nassau, 2006

– EU Competition Law Summer School, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2010

Publications

Contributor on Bahamian insolvency law and directors’ duties to:

– Multi National Entreprise Liability in Insolvency Proceedings, European Lawyer Reference Series, 1st ed., 2006

– Multi National Entreprise Liability in Insolvency Proceedings, European Lawyer Reference Series, 2nd ed., 2010

– International Insolvency, European Lawyer Reference Series, 3rd ed., 2012

– International Insolvency, Thomson Reuters, 4th ed., 2015

– Enforcing a Foreign Judgment, Lawyer Monthly Magazine, December 2012

Professional Memberships

– Bahamas Bar Association

– Bahamas Association of Mediators

– Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation

– Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

 

Llewellyn V. Boyer-Cartwright

Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright joined the firm as a Senior Associate in 2010. A former commercial airline pilot who combined a passion for flying with advanced legal training including a Master’s degree in Aviation Science, he specializes in Aviation Law (aircraft financing, registration and licensing), Property Law involving private residential and commercial acquisitions and Estate Planning and Administration. Mr. Boyer-Cartwright has acted on behalf of numerous high-net-worth private clients in respect of their acquisition of private residences and commercial properties and has been involved in negotiations with The Bahamas Government relating to project proposals and concessions under the Hotels Encouragement Act, The Nassau Revitalization Act and the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Act.

 

Mr. Boyer-Cartwright was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States and holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB. (Hons)) from The University of Buckingham and a Masters in Aviation Science (MSc.) (including Aviation Safety and Airport Planning & Design) from Everglades University. In 1994 Mr. Boyer-Cartwright was admitted into the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London, England (England & Wales) and The Bahamas Bar. He is a member of Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, The Bahamas Bar Association’s Real Estate Section, and was a finalist in the Bahamas Financial Services Board awards 2012.